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A very different, dynamic, and deep romantic comedy
on November 30, 2017
Despite the ominous impression that the front cover of the film gives (as well as its strong amorous implications), the film is surprisingly lighter and sweeter and less sexual than its front cover suggests.
The film is alternately hilarious, deep, philosophical, spiritual, romantic, and touching. It has an offbeat and humorous style mixed with an intriguing story, characters, and dialogue that actually have wit and substance.
The film, at times, floored me. I did not expect such deepness and substance in the dialogue. And I did not expect to be moved. To me, by far the best scene in the film, the one that both mesmerized and moved me, catching me off-guard, was the mirror-scene with Angela and Andre. This scene was very well-directed, well-acted, and well-written. There’s a very poignant purpose in Angela coming to help Andre and it's revealed most poignantly in this scene.
Both Jamel Debbouze as the instantly sympathetic, funny, and likable Andre and Rie Rasmussen as the constantly entrancing, insightful, and mysterious Angela (or Angel-a) give amazing and incredible performances, making their characters feel very real and the romantic relationship between them believable and poignant. They have terrific chemistry and presence on screen together so good that their characters' interplay and relationship looks (and feels) iconic. It just works and that's also largely due to a story, characters, and dialogue that are surprisingly witty, funny, meaningful, endearing, deep, and well-written.
To those conscientiously concerned about content (like I was): though the film is not dark, depressing, or bloody at all, it nonetheless deserves its R-rating. There are no graphic violence, gore, or bloody scenes (thank God). There is some strong language at times (mainly F-bombs), but thankfully it’s not littered throughout the entire film (like in most rated-R movies). There is some strong sexual innuendos and actions clearly implied, but thankfully no graphic sex scenes or nudity are ever shown.
Had the director reined back the film’s cursing and strong sexual innuendos even more, I would admire the film even more (than I already do) and give it a higher rating.
That aside, the film is a very unique and original masterpiece - a romantic comedy drama unlike any I've ever seen before: it's truly hilarious, touching, romantic, and fascinatingly deep - good things that I didn't expect by looking at the cover. The DVD cover is very off and misleading. The cover gives the wrong impression that the film is something like Miller's "Sin City," but the film (I was glad and relieved to find) is nothing like that film. The cover on the Blu-ray French edition (with both Andre and Angela facing us) conveys the film much more accurately and attractively. Hopefully, one day the Sony Distributors will re-release the film on Blu-ray and DVD for American audiences with the poster/cover on the French edition.